Gretchen Hamm[Ready4Work] Program Director
Gretchen Hamm, a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, serves as the [Ready4Work] Program Director at Operation New Hope. Leading a team of Case Managers, Mental Health Counselors, and Workforce Training Instructors, Gretchen ensures the successful delivery of the nationally recognized reentry program. She also manages the Breaking the Cycle program, facilitating family reunification services to break the cycle of generational incarceration. Utilizing her years of clinical and operational experience in the field of mental health serving justice-involved individuals, Gretchen develops effective and innovative policies and procedures, assists with staff training and development, and directs quality improvement plans at Operation New Hope.
Gretchen is a native Texan having graduated from Texas Tech University with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with a minor in Family Studies. She moved to Florida in order to diversify her education and obtained her Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology from the University of North Florida. She has been working in the field of mental health for 20 years in various settings including juvenile detention centers and outpatient community programs. She has worked with various populations including children, adolescents, and adults with co-occurring mental health and addiction issues. Her clinical and operations management background provides a broad knowledge base.
Gretchen enjoys traveling to visit family and friends and likes to explore new places. She loves the beach, reading and challenging herself to complete 5Ks.